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Tech & Science Why new iPhone update is forcing apps to ask for Bluetooth permissions

15:50  20 september  2019
15:50  20 september  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Apple’s new iOS 13 update adds a new privacy measure that requires apps to get your consent in order to use your device’s Bluetooth . After installing the latest version of iOS, trust me when I say you’ll be surprised by the number of apps asking for Bluetooth permission the next time you open them.

I have an app using BLE. In some cases, for example when installed on the iPhone 6, the app is running and I don't understand When should the auto permission request happen? How can I enable specific app to The case is slightly different when explicitly asking for permissions for Bluetooth .

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While the first thing you are likely to see upon installation is a prompt to enable the new dark mode, you will also quickly notice many apps now ask for permission to use Bluetooth.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Apple announced iOS 13 at its annual developer conference earlier this year © Getty Apple announced iOS 13 at its annual developer conference earlier this year

Most iPhone users will associate their Bluetooth connection with pairing up wireless headphones and other accessories, so why would shopping and exercise apps need to use it?

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Our current application we're developing requires the current location of the user and Bluetooth for the beacon. You don't actually ask anyone for the users permission it is the Apple code that asks for the permission . The only way to get it to ask multiple times is if the user goes to the settings and

With iOS 13 your iPhone asks permission for Bluetooth access with apps . Take a moment before allowing an app to access Bluetooth on your iPhone or iPad. Ask yourself why that app needs Bluetooth and whether you trust the app developer or not.

Apple has tried to take advantage of suspicion around rival tech giants like Facebook and Google by making user privacy one of its main priorities.

a screenshot of a cell phone: Apps that have asked for Bluetooth permissions can be accessed in the settings of your iPhone © Sky Apps that have asked for Bluetooth permissions can be accessed in the settings of your iPhone This is why recent revelations that workers have been able to overhear private encounters by listening into user interactions with Siri were so awkward for the company.

Several extra privacy measures have been baked into iOS 13, includes forcing apps to ask for permission to do things they may well have been doing - potentially unbeknown to you - for years.

What does Bluetooth have to do with my privacy?

a green sign with white text: Ideally apps will provide a good reason why Bluetooth is needed © Sky Ideally apps will provide a good reason why Bluetooth is needed Bluetooth can be used to work out where your device is, with your iPhone capable of pinging so-called beacons that might be spread across high streets, shopping centres and other public locations.

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The first time an app wants to use something that requires permission , it has to ask you. You can see which apps have various permissions and manage them Typically, a well-designed app will ask for permission before it does something that will require the permission . Apps are often set up to

Simply allocating the class will cause your application to ask permission to use the bluetooth stack from the user (may not be That being said, this method does seem to provide real time updates of bluetooth stack state. This piece of code is great for silent check for bluetooth status (on/off, etc.)

Companies have been able to take advantage of this to work out where you are, which could allow them to serve up notifications and offers relevant to your location.

But this has always been separate to the specific location privacy options in your iPhone settings, so switching those off might not have made certain apps as ignorant as you thought.

What should I do?

a black sign with white text: Many apps asking for Bluetooth permission display a generic message © Sky Many apps asking for Bluetooth permission display a generic message You can deny apps access to Bluetooth when you launch them in iOS 13 for the first time, when a pop-up will appear explaining why it wants to use the connection, or via the privacy section of the settings app.

Some apps really might need it, notably exercise apps that use Bluetooth to help track your workouts, and they should make that clear when asking for permission.

But if the apps behave as normal upon Bluetooth permissions being denied, you can be safe in the knowledge that it never actually needed access to work.

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From the beginning, iOS apps have asked users for permissions when the app runs (and not during install). Android is moving to this model as well starting The challenge here is that iOS only gives you the ability to ask for a permission once — if the user denies the request, they must now go deep into

An iBeacon app relies on an active Bluetooth connection to detect the beacons around it. Without bluetooth , the app wouldn’t know when to trigger certain location related features. Handling bluetooth settings and permissions on the iPhone can sometimes be tricky.

Will messing with these settings affect my headphones?

a person posing for the camera: Wireless earphones will still work © Getty Wireless earphones will still work No - this is all totally separate to how Bluetooth is handled at a system level.

You can deny individual apps permission without it affecting the iPhone itself, meaning there will be no issues with your headphones or any other devices that connect via Bluetooth.

What else I can do to protect my privacy?

Once you install iOS 13, you will start getting reminders about which apps are tracking your location in the background, mostly from things like maps.

You could tell them to only track your location when the app is actually open, or provide consent on a one-off basis.

But Apple has not yet rolled out the ability for users to opt out of having heir interactions with Siri recorded, which the likes of Amazon and Google already allow for their voice assistants.

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